Council to hear recent audit results

Abbi Overfelt Editor

November 15, 2013

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council on Tuesday is expected to hear the findings of an audit for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Carl Head, of Gustaf C. Lundin, will present to the board his opinion of the city’s financial standing. In a letter provided to the council, Lundin said the city has some “opportunities for strengthening internal controls and operating efficiency.

Also on Tuesday, the board will hear public comments on a request from a Minnesota company to rezone a property on Main Street and its parking lot on Atkinson Street to office/institutional.

Henry L. Forde III, of Ecigaretteforever LLC, made the request to change the property that once housed the Sweet Spot Bakery before the Planning Board on Oct. 15. The board unanimously recommended the proposal, saying it would bring the property in greater harmony with its surroundings, and a public hearing was set for Tuesday’s meeting.

Also on Tuesday, the board is expected to:

— Administer Oaths of Office for four part-time firefighters.

— Amend the budget for this fiscal year to accept a grant from the North Carolina Forestry Service in the amount of $17,780 instead of the originally budgeted $12,780.

— Again hold a vote on an ordinance amendment that would allow military training facilities in sites zoned Industrial.

— Adopt a FCC Capital Project Ordinance.

— Fix a date for a public hearing on a petition for a voluntary annexation of 23.19 acres to be used by FCC.

— Consider authorizing City Manager Charles Nichols to approve an annual service contract for software and phone support.

— Consider the approval of the purchase of two knuckleboom trucks for sanitation department. A purchase amount of $264,000 was included in this fiscal year’s budget, but the bid came in at about $7,000 less.

— Consider holding a public hearing on proposed changes to the city’s fee schedule.

— Authorize Nichols to apply for an application for mosquito control.

— Authorize Nichols to declare fire equipment surplus.

— Approve sending letters to federal representatives to keep municipal bonds tax-free.

— Authorize Nichols to attain bids for repairs at the Sanford Building, which will house evidence in city police cases. Nichols received an estimate of $20,770 for fixes that would stop water leaks and the installation of three metal doors. Building a new 5,600 square-foot building, he said, would cost the city a little more than half a million dollars.